Friday, January 17, 2014

1870s/1880s Autograph Album of Annie Isabel Scamman of Cape Elizabeth, Maine


1870s/1880s autograph album that belonged to Annie Isabel Scamman of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, who started collecting sentiments in March of 1875.


The album is approximately 8" x 5" and contains the sentiments of 86 of Annie's relatives and friends.  An alphabetical list of the signers appears at the end of this post.  Many of the pages were signed at Alton Bay, New Hampshire, presumably at a religious retreat.

From online research, hopefully correct:  [corrections and additions welcome!]

Annie Isabel Scamman was born 19 March 1850 at Cape Elizabeth, Maine, the daughter of Daniel Francis Scamman and Martha Jane (Parsons) Scamman.  Daniel Francis Scamman was the son of Richard Scamman and his second wife Mary (Brown) Moon Scammon, the widow of Thomas Moon.  I don't believe Annie ever married.  She worked as a stenographer and assistant at the Northeastern Telephone Company and lived at South Portland, Maine, at least until 1920.  She died in 1924.

Annie's paternal grandmother, Mary (Brown) Moon Scamman, signed a page in the album at Cape Elizabeth on July 9, 1877, when she was 87 years old.


Annie's mother, Martha Jane (Parsons) Scamman signed a page, "with motherly love", at Portland, Maine, on March 3, 1883.


The Frank P. Scamman of Knightville, Maine, who signed a page in the album was presumably Annie's brother Frank Parsons Scamman.


Annie's sister Eva signed a page on May 6, 1876.  Annie wrote notes regarding marriages and deaths on a few of the pages.  On her sister's page, she wrote "Married Higgins '77".  Eva was Eva Caroline Scamman who married Frederick Othello Higgins of Worcester in 1878.  Sadly, Fred died in 1879.  Eva later married Robert W. Jamieson of South Boston.  Both Fred and Robert signed pages in Annie's album.


Frederick Othello Higgins was born 22 January 1856 at Worcester, Massachusetts, the son of Elon Galusha Higgins and Lucy M. (Graves) Higgins.  He married Eva Caroline Scamman on 26 April 1877 at Worcester, and died there on 2 October 1879.  I don't believe he and Eva had any children.


Robert W. Jamieson was born about 1850 at Manchester [presumably Massachusetts], the son of Robert and Harriet E. (Townsend) Jamieson.  Robert and Eva married at Boston, Massachusetts, on 26 June 1883.


Many of the other signers were Scamman and Parsons relatives.  Please refer to the alphabetical list below.

The page signed by Lula A. L. Hill of Boston, Massachusetts, featured Lula's intricate sketch of a scroll.


List of signers:  [Note: given names within a specific surname may not be in alphabetical order.]

  • Percie, signed at Alton Bay, New Hampshire, on September 1, 1876
  • Richard Abbott, signed on March 15, 1877
  • Sadie Alexander, signed on July 10, 1877; Annie's cousin
  • Mrs. M. S. Barnard of Merrimac, Massachusetts, signed at Alton Bay, New Hampshire, on September 1, 1876
  • Jennie L. Barnard of Merrimac, Massachusetts, signed at Alton Bay, New Hampshire, on September 1, 1876
  • Charles E. Barnes, signed at Alton Bay, New Hampshire, signed on August 30, 1879
  • Charles W. Berry of North Berwick, Maine, signed on May 18, 1884
  • Franklin P. Berry of New Durham, New Hampshire, signed on August 28, 1876.  He signed a later page at New Durham Bridge, New Hampshire, on September 5, 1881, after his marriage to Emma I. (Davis) Berry, who also signed that page.
  • Mrs. Emma I. Berry of New Durham Bridge, New Hampshire, signed on September 5, 1881.  She was Emma I. (Davis) Berry, whose husband Franklin P. Berry also signed the page; he signed another page in 1876.
  • Peyton G. Bowman of South Carolina, signed on September 1, 1876
  • E. L. Brown of Portland, Maine, signed on April 27, 1881
  • Mary E. Chase of New Durham, New Hampshire, signed on August 27, 1876.  She noted some dates in each corner.
  • Hattie L. Clark of Portland, Maine, signed on September 1, 1876
  • Georgie E. Clark of Paxton, Massachusetts, signed at Worcester, Massachusetts, on June 5, 1878
  • A. W. Clough of Portland, Maine, signed on April 27, 1881
  • Grace King Davis, signed on November 4, 1877
  • Maggie E. Evans, signed on May 30, 1881
  • Abbie M. Files of Portland, Maine, signed on April 27, 1881
  • A. D. Forbush of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on June 5, 1878
  • H. Cary Freeman of Portland, Maine, signed on September 1, 1876
  • Clara J. Giddings, signed on June 4, 1878.  Later penciled note: Died in Calais, Maine, 1885".  Clara and her sister Ella, who signed the right facing page, were the daughters of John Smith Giddings and Jane E. (Bancroft) Giddings of Calais, Vermont.  The note writer was apparently in error about Maine.
  • Ella Giddings, signed at Worcester, Massachusetts, on June 4, 1878.  Later penciled note: "Married May 30, 1890 to Mr. Fred Morse."  Actually, Ella married Harry Alberto Morse, but they had a son Fred.  Ella was the daughter of John Smith Giddings and Jane E. (Bancroft) Giddings, and sister of Clara Giddings, who signed the left facing page
  • Edna M. Haley of Exeter, New Hampshire, signed at Alton Bay, New Hampshire, signed on September 2, 1876
  • Ella M. Haley of Exeter, New Hampshire, signed at Alton Bay, New Hampshire, on August 31, 1876.  Later penciled note: Married Hathaway, '77".  Ella Mary Haley was born 12 January 1856 at Exeter, New Hampshire, daughter of Charles and Sarah (Wiggin) Haley.  Ella married George S. Hathaway at Exeter, New Hampshire, on 9 October 1877.  He was born about 1850 at North Brookfield, Massachusetts, son of Joseph Gardner Hathaway and Miranda (Roberts) Hathaway
  • Emma E. Hall, signed at Worcester, Massachusetts, on May 13, 1878
  • Ida J. Heseltine of Lynn, Massachusetts, signed in March 1875
  • Francis E. Higgins, signed at Worcester, Massachusetts, on June 5, 1878.  Presumably Francis Elon Higgins, brother to Frederick Othello Higgins, first husband of Annie's sister Eva Caroline (Scamman) Higgins Jamieson.
  • Fred O. Higgins, signed on September 18, 1876 at Worcester, Massachusetts.  He was Frederick Othello Higgins, first husband of Annie's sister Eva Caroline (Scamman) Higgins Jamieson.  Fred's parents were Elon Galusha Higgins and Lucy M. (Graves) Higgins.  Sadly, Frederick Othello Higgins died 2 October 1879.
  • Charles A. Higgins of Worcester, Massachusetts.  Presumably Charles Albert Higgins, older brother of Frederick Othello Higgins, who was the first husband of Annie's sister Eva Caroline (Scamman) Higgins Jamieson.
  • Jennie L. Higgins of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on June  1, 1878.  She was the daughter of Francis Wayland Higgins and  Harriet Higgins.  Francis was the uncle of Frederick Othello Higgins, first husband of Annie's sister Eva Caroline (Scamman) Higgins Jamieson.
  • Lizzie E. Higgins of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed on September 1, 1879, signed at Alton Bay, New Hampshire
  • Etha E. Higgins of Worcester, Massachusetts, signed at Alton Bay, New Hampshire, on August 28, 1876; she signed again at Portland, Maine, on February 26, 1883.  She was a sister to Frederick Othello Higgins, first husband of Annie's sister Eva Caroline (Scamman) Higgins Jamieson
  • Lula A. L. Hill of Boston, Massachusetts, signed at Portland, Maine, on July 14, 1881.  She sketched a intricate scroll and incorporated her name and message into it.
  • C. P. Ilsley of Portland, Maine, signed on April 27, 1881
  • Robert W. Jamieson of South Boston, Massachusetts.  He was the second husband of Annie's sister Eva Caroline (Scamman) Higgins Jamieson.
  • Fannie E. Jordan of Spurwink, Maine, signed on June 20, 1877
  • F. H. Kelley, M.D., signed at Worcester, Massachusetts, on June 5, 1878
  • Carrie E. M. Kenney of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, signed on June 30, 1875
  • Blanche G. King, signed on September 30, 1877
  • Kate Lambert
  • Hattie Langley of Barnstead, New Hampshire, signed at Alton Bay, New Hampshire, on August 31, 1876
  • Josie M. Lewis of Lynn, Massachusetts, signed on October 6, 1875.  Later penciled note: "Married Sawyer '77".  There's a Massachusetts Marriage Record for a Josie M. Lewis who married Frank D. Sawyer at Lynn, Massachusetts, on 24 December 1877.  Josie was the daughter of George and Elmira Lewis.
  • Mattie E. Libby, signed at Meriden, Connecticut, on 9-12 [can't decipher year].  Later penciled note: "Married Libby '77"
  • Mary E. Lowell, signed on October 27, 1876
  • Will S. Lowell, signed on April 1, 1875
  • Marcia Lowell of Yarmouth, Maine, signed on July 10, 1878
  • J. E. Marriner of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, signed on November 14, 1878
  • Jabez Marriner of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, signed on November 14, 1878.  Jabez Marriner was the son of James and Sarah (Dyer) Marriner.  His wife Jane R. (Libby) Marriner, "Jennie", signed the right facing page.  For more information on Jabez: http://www.raynorshyn.com/megenweb/cumberland/biographies/marriner.txt
  • Jennie Marriner of Cape Elizabeth, Maine.  She was Jane R. (Libby) Marriner, "Jennie", daughter of Nathan Libby of Saccarappa, Maine, and wife of Jabez Marriner, who signed the left facing page.
  • E. Moulton; middle initial might be S or I or ?  Inscribed to "Sister Anne", which may have been a religious rather than family reference.
  • Joseph C. Moxcey of Portland, Maine, signed on April 27, 1881
  • Ida Nathans; middle initial could be C. or O. or ?
  • Thomas Needham, signed on March 22, 1877
  • Tina W. Parrott of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, signed on July 2, 1876; perhaps Christina W. Parrott
  • Hattie G. Parrott of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, signed on July 3, 1876
  • Harry R. Parsons of Charlestown, Massachusetts, signed on August 8, 1876
  • Ida B. Parsons of Somerville, Massachusetts
  • Eugene B. Parsons of Medford, Massachusetts, signed on July 11, 1880; Annie's cousin, presumably the son of William Henry Parsons, who was a brother to Annie's mother Martha Jane (Parsons) Scamman.
  • Henry Parsons of Somerville, Massachusetts
  • Alice L. Philbrook of Augusta, Maine, signed on March 27, 1875
  • M. Belle Pickering of Lowell, Massachusetts, signed at Alton Bay, New Hampshire, in 1876.  From a Massachusetts Marriage Record: Mary Isabelle Pickering married William W. Norcutt at Springfield, Massachusetts, on 31 March 1881.
  • Ella A. Pinkham of Portland, Maine, signed on January 9, 1882
  • E. J. E. Rollins, signed at Portland, Maine, on May 19, 1877
  • Alice H. Safford of Exeter, New Hampshire, signed at Alton Bay, New Hampshire, on September 1, 1876
  • Sophie C. Sawyer of Chicago, Illinois, signed on June 7, 1876; has a later penciled notation: "Married Dupre"
  • Annie M. Sawyer, signed on June 10, 1876
  • Addie M. Sawyer, signed on June 7, 1876.  Later penciled note: "Died"
  • M. Alice Sawyer of Portland, Maine, signed on April 27, 1881
  • Olive T. G. Sawyer of Portland, Maine, signed on May 8, 1881
  • Annie I. Scamman of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, signed in March 1875; album owner
  • Martha J. Scamman, signed at Portland, Maine, on March 3, 1883.  She was Martha Jane (Parsons) Scamman, Annie's mother.
  • Frank P. Scamman of Knightville, Maine  [South Portland].  Frank Parsons Scamman, brother of album owner Annie Isabel Scamman
  • Emma, signed at Cape Elizabeth, Maine, on July 10, 1877; Annie's cousin.  She was presumably Emma Louise Scamman, daughter of Ezra and Mary A. (Moon) Scamman and wife of Atwood T. Brackett, son of Joshua and Adelia B. (Redlon) Brackett.  Ezra Scamman was a half-brother to Annie's father, from Richard Scamman's first marriage to Elizabeth Small.
  • Mary Scamman of Cape Elizabeth, Maine, signed on July 9, 1877.  "age 87".  Presumably Mary (Brown) Moon Scamman, paternal grandmother of Annie I. Scamman, album owner.  She was the daughter of Philip and Margaret Brown; married first Thomas Moon and later became the second wife of Annie's paternal grandfather Richard Scamman.
  • Mary Ann Scamman of Cape Elizabeth, signed on November 3, 1877.  She was presumably Mary Ann (Moon) Scamman, daughter of Thomas Moon and Mary (Brown) Moon Scamman, and wife of Ezra Scamman, who was a half brother to Annie's father Daniel Francis Scamman.  Her mother, Mary (Brown) Moon Scamman was the second wife of Richard Scamman, father of half-brothers Ezra Scamman and Daniel Francis Scamman.
  • Eva, signed on May 6, 1876.  Later penciled note: "Married Higgins '77."  Annie's sister Eva Caroline (Scamman) Higgins Jamieson, whose first husband was Frederick Othello Higgins.
  • James Slater of Bangor, Maine, signed on October 27, 1876.  He was James F. Slater, born 23 January 1826 at Portland, Maine, son of James and Betsey (Davis) Slater, and husband of Eliza B. (Parsons) Slater, who signed the right facing page.  His wife Eliza was a sister to Annie's mother Martha Jane (Parsons) Scamman.
  • Eliza B. Slater of Bangor, Maine, signed on October 27, 1876.  She was Eliza B. (Parsons) Slater.  Her husband James F. Slater signed the left facing page.  Eliza was a sister to Annie's mother Martha Jane (Parsons) Scamman.
  • Helen C. Sloan of Portland, Maine, signed on April 27, 1881
  • Sidney S. Smith of Orrington, Maine, signed at Cape Elizabeth, Maine, on October 18, 1879
  • ? Waterhouse, signed at Cape Elizabeth, Maine, in June 1876.  Initials might be C. H. for Charles H. Waterhouse, or could be C. G. or A. G. or ?
  • Mrs. C. H. Waterhouse, signed on June 6, 1876
  • Charles S. Woodbury, signed on July 23, 1882
  • Emma C. Wright of Brookline, Massachusetts, signed on August 12, 1880
  • Mattie Wright, signed on August 12, 1879 at Brookline, Massachusetts; middle initial could be T or ?   She was Martha (Jaquith) Wright, daughter of Nahum Wright, and wife of William L. Wright, who signed the same page.
  • William L. Wright, signed at Brookline, Massachusetts.  He was the son of William R. Wright and Ruth (Chadwell) Wright and husband of Mattie Wright, who signed the same page.
  • Josie Young of Chelsea, Massachusetts, signed on September 1, 1876.  Later penciled note: "Married Browne, January 1, 1878; Died August 22, 1878."  Based on the note and a Massachusetts Marriage Record, it appears that  Josie was the Josie Young born at East Boston, Massachusetts, about 1856, daughter of Benjamin and Lucy Young.  Josie's husband was Charles A. Browne, born at Richmond, Maine, about 1853, son of George W. and Azubah Browne. 
Cape Elizabeth, Maine


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